At the age of 27, rising star of Austrian politics Sebastian Kurz has been appointed Foreign Minister, making him the youngest person to hold the position in his country’s history.
Kurz, already Austria’s youngest Secretary of State, will officially take office on Monday, when the new People’s Party-Social Democrat coalition government is sworn in.
Vice Chancellor Michael Spindelegger of the People’s Party nominated Kurz.
The position of Foreign Minister has now been expanded to include integration issues as well as the usual European and International affairs.
The Ministers of Social Affairs, Transport, Education and Defense will be appointed within the Social Democrat Party.
However Chancellor and Social Democrat Werner Faymann has a lot to smooth over among younger party members, many of whom are unhappy that the Social Democrat Party seems to be moving away from its Socialist roots.